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Arctic Tours

Robert has visited the Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic many times during his career as a photographer and naturalist.  The first trip, in 1961, was a film-making journey into the Thelon Game Sanctuary, where he and his friend Dalton Muir spent three and a half months making a film for the National Film Board of Canada.

In 1972, he and Dalton worked on Ellesmere Island for two months, filming White Gyrfalcons, Muskox, and other wildlife. Robert has worked at Churchill, Manitoba each year since 1968 and for sixteen summers he conducted photographic workshops there, in June and early July.

 

Photographs from these trips can be found in the photo galleries, Arctic Wildlife, and Recent TripsWe hope that you will be able to join him on one of the future tours.


Cambridge Bay Muskox Tour

The primary focus of this trip is to see and to photograph Muskox. During the winter, the Muskox tend to move up island, but in late June and July they move back to the area near Cambridge Bay and Mount Pelly. The Muskox are often found close to the local roads and sometimes we have to walk across the tundra to get within range for photography. They are not easy to stalk, but we have had good success in the past.

Additionally, there are lots of Arctic birds to see and photograph, and we often find an Arctic Hare which will allow a close approach for photos.  A few of the early flowers are usually in evidence and the scenery is quite fascinating.  The experience of spring in the Arctic, with all of the bird song, fresh air, and the tundra coming to life, is something that you will never forget

The Yellowknife portion of the trip gives us an opportunity to explore the northern forest and to learn something of the history of the area.  A boat trip on Great Slave Lake has been popular with past visitors and we always have a fine dinner, prepared on a campfire, on one of the many remote islands.


Igloolik Walrus and Bowhead Whale Tour

At the north end of Foxe Basin, Bowhead Whales congregate in early summer to feed under the floe ice and to wait for the opportunity to migrate further north.  Bowheads are approximately 50 feet in length and are most impressive to see in this Arctic setting.

On some days, our boat trips will take us to areas of pack ice where the Walrus like to lounge and to feed on the ocean bottom below.  The Walrus are usually in small groups, but some of the larger males prefer to be alone.  We are often able to get within 100 feet of them and sometimes even as close as 25 or 30 feet.  From the safety of the boats we have gotten some spectacular photographs of these unusual animals

Our camp at Igloolik Point is basic, but it is a good facility for accessing these remote wildlife-viewing situations.  The Inuit people of Igloolik still maintain many of their traditional ways and are most welcoming to visitors.  There are also lots of interesting historic sites in the area.

At Iqaluit, we have a chance to experience this northern community, visit the museum and visitor centre, and often have the opportunity to purchase carvings, jewellery, etc. directly from the Inuit artists.


 

For additional information contact:

Robert R. Taylor
944 Windermere Ave.,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3T 1A1

E-mail: robert@polarbearphotography.com

 


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